It exists! Melodies of Life, my book about Final Fantasy IX, is out now.

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I hope this isn't against the rules, but I just wanted to drop a vanity post to say that my book, Melodies of Life: A Final Fantasy IX Retrospect and Analysis, is out now in paperback. The kindle edition is open to pre-orders, and will be released 31/01/2020.

I thought I'd drop the contents breakdown here, so if you're interested you have an idea of what you might be in for:

Contents:

A Voice From the Past, Joining Yours and Mine...

Foreword

Introduction

The Party

Plot Summary


What it Means to be Alive

Authenticity & The Artificial

Either You Do, Or You Don't

The Iifa Tree & The Angels of Death


Identity & Autonomy

Raison D'être

Vivi: Golem Among Golems

The Genomes With Soul: Zidane, Kuja and Mikoto

Garnet x2 (or x3 or x4!)

A Knight's Duty

Lost & Forgotten


Music & Narrative

Echoes, Reflections and Foreshadowing

Not Alone

Melodies of Life

Something to Protect


The Storybook Motif & Nostalgia

Legend, Lore and Callbacks

Life's a Play, The World a Stage


Who's the Bad Guy?

Hierarchy & Rebellion

Decadent Jesters

The Will to Live vs. The Will to Power

Et Tu, Kuja?


Life Cycles & Internal and External Conflict

Gaia & Terra

Eternal Life/Strife

Existentialism: The Reality of Mortality

Love, Fealty & Self-Determination


Relationships

Why These Characters Work (And Work Together)

Romance

Personal Influence

Respect

Camaraderie


And So it Goes, On and On...

Afterword

A Few Things You May Know...

Acknowledgments



Thanks for indulging me, and I hope this of some interest! A lot of work went into it, and any feedback/criticism is welcome. I am going to take a nap now....

US link: https://www.amazon.com/Melodies-Lif...keywords=jamie+L+cruise&qid=1611656028&sr=8-2
UK link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08TS5DY7B/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1611577360&sr=8-2
DE link: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B08TW5GTM2/ref=sr_1_2?__mk_de_DE=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=jamie+L.+Cruise&qid=1611656250&sr=8-2

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Awesome! I may buy it once I complete my first playthrough of IX!

Aw, you must let me know how you find both the game and the book! So much love for this game, if this doesn't say that already :ROFLMAO:
 

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Congrats on the launch!

I remember your original thread so it’s great to see this project come to fruition. You've more or less managed the release date you had planned, if I recall correctly. These days with the way things are, that's quite an achievement.

I do have to be careful with money at the moment, but I do also need to keep on top of and read books that analyse the themes of Final Fantasy, so I shall look into getting it soon as it isn't expensive.
 

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Congrats on the launch!

I remember your original thread so it’s great to see this project come to fruition. You've more or less managed the release date you had planned, if I recall correctly. These days with the way things are, that's quite an achievement.

I do have to be careful with money at the moment, but I do also need to keep on top of and read books that analyse the themes of Final Fantasy, so I shall look into getting it soon as it isn't expensive.

Aw, thanks! It's been a lot of work and a mini-hell with two artists falling through and having to do a cover design myself, but I'm pretty happy with what came out of it - and at least I can say I did it 100% myself.
 

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Update: the Kindle edition is available now! Thank you for your support, and if you order please remember to leave a review as this will help others <3
 
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